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The Absolutely Essential Collection Bessie Smith


Barcode: 805520131346

  • Format: CD Box Set
  • Category: Blues
  • Released: 28th October 2016
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  • Track listing

    ⠀ Disc 1

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Down Hearted Blues Bessie Smith 3.25
    Track 2 Gulf Coast Blues Bessie Smith 3.04
    Track 3 Beale Street Mama Bessie Smith 3.34
    Track 4 Baby Won't You Please Come Home Bessie Smith 2.55
    Track 5 Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do Bessie Smith 3.26
    Track 6 Whoa, Tillie, Take Your Time Bessie Smith 3.1
    Track 7 Any Woman's Blues Bessie Smith 3.24
    Track 8 Chicago Bound Blues Bessie Smith 3.15
    Track 9 Moonshine Blues Bessie Smith 3.16
    Track 10 Weeping Willow Blues Bessie Smith 3.09
    Track 11 The Bye Bye Blues Bessie Smith 3.17
    Track 12 Sinful Blues Bessie Smith 3.08
    Track 13 Dying Gambler's Blues Bessie Smith 2.57
    Track 14 Reckless Blues Bessie Smith 3.02
    Track 15 You've Been a Good Ole Wagon Bessie Smith 3.29
    Track 16 Cake Walkin' Babies (From Home) Bessie Smith 3.09
    Track 17 The Yellow Dog Blues Bessie Smith 3.02
    Track 18 Soft Pedal Blues Bessie Smith 3.18
    Track 19 What's the Matter Now? Bessie Smith 2.44
    Track 20 I Want Every Bit of It Bessie Smith 2.35

    ⠀ Disc 2

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 The St. Louis Blues Bessie Smith 3.09
    Track 2 Careless Love Blues Bessie Smith 3.24
    Track 3 I Ain't Goin to Play Second Fiddle Bessie Smith 3.21
    Track 4 I Ain't Got Nobody Bessie Smith 3.09
    Track 5 Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town Bessie Smith 3.18
    Track 6 The Gin House Blues Bessie Smith 3.12
    Track 7 After You've Gone Bessie Smith 2.55
    Track 8 Alexander's Ragtime Band Bessie Smith 2.58
    Track 9 A Good Man Is Hard to Find Bessie Smith 2.58
    Track 10 Lost Your Head Blues Bessie Smith 2.55
    Track 11 Young Woman's Blues Bessie Smith 3.07
    Track 12 Baby Doll Bessie Smith 2.59
    Track 13 Preachin' the Blues Bessie Smith 2.49
    Track 14 Hard Driving Papa Bessie Smith 2.56
    Track 15 Backwater Blues Bessie Smith 3.17
    Track 16 There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight Bessie Smith 3.18
    Track 17 Trombone Cholly Bessie Smith 3.09
    Track 18 Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair Bessie Smith 3.2
    Track 19 Dyin' By the Hour Bessie Smith 2.57
    Track 20 Thinking Blues Bessie Smith 3.07

    ⠀ Disc 3

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out Bessie Smith 2.56
    Track 2 Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl Bessie Smith 2.46
    Track 3 Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 1 Bessie Smith 3
    Track 4 Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 2 Bessie Smith 3.19
    Track 5 Gimme a Pigfoot Bessie Smith 3.28
    Track 6 Spider Man Blues Bessie Smith 3.21
    Track 7 Devil's Gonna Git You Bessie Smith 3.09
    Track 8 Poor Man's Blues Bessie Smith 3.23
    Track 9 Me and My Gin Bessie Smith 2.49
    Track 10 I'm Wild About That Thing Bessie Smith 2.46
    Track 11 Kitchen Man Bessie Smith 2.55
    Track 12 Blue Spirit Blues Bessie Smith 2.54
    Track 13 Baby Have Pity On Me Bessie Smith 3.18
    Track 14 On Revival Day Bessie Smith 2.54
    Track 15 Hustlin' Dan Bessie Smith 3.29
    Track 16 Black Mountain Blues Bessie Smith 3.06
    Track 17 Safety Mama Bessie Smith 3.23
    Track 18 Do Your Duty Bessie Smith 3.23
    Track 19 Take Me for a Buggy Ride Bessie Smith 2.35
    Track 20 I'm Down in the Dumps Bessie Smith 3.09
  • Product Details

    No. of discs 3 disc(s)
    Format: CD / Box Set
    Label Big 3
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